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In contribution to the scholarly discourse, this thesis will explore how America’s judicial and political elite have empowered the owners of professional football and baseball teams with unique legal capabilities. Furthermore, this thesis will discuss how antitrust exemptions have helped franchise owners consolidate power and manage both baseball and football as government-endorsed cartels. Within this context, labor relations in the National Football League and Major League Baseball will take center stage. Specifically, the main contention of this thesis will assert that antitrust exemptions have facilitated management’s suppression of labor in both sports. The complex interplay between labor law and antitrust policy will also be a critical analytical paradigm.